A Brief History of Nature Writing, An Extensive Future of Nature Writing
We offer historical and research-based information about past writers who have been dedicated to Nature Writing along with a look at the trends that have happened in this genre throughout the last century. From there, we’ll look at how current day trends in this genre are affecting the questions we all have about Climate Change and look at how we can write to influence others in understanding that our writing (our voices) can save our lands. We are not only writing for cathartic and personal reasons (which is great), but we are also writing to see the change in the world. We do want writers to write with the intention of being published and influencing readers – and the world with their words.
The list of books written by established writers in this genre such as Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, Cheryl Strayed, John McPhee, John Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Diane Ackerman and so many others are the base upon which future Nature writers emerge. Below is a list of popular books from the last few years that feature Nature Writing and the importance and popularity of this genre.
New Nature Writers ensures current writers will know the words and movements of past Nature writers, as it is the only way for them to write forward within this all-important genre.
To begin this list, here is an article from outside online.com, June 2019
The CONTEMPORARY ADVENTURE CANON:
Categories: Mountain Adventure, Conservation and Environmentalism, Climate Change and Resource Conflicts, the Natural World, Memoir, Travel, History, Fitness and Wellness, Wild Living
Alone on the Wall Alex Honnold with David Roberts (2015)
Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit” Robert Macfarlane (2003)
Desert Cabal Amy Irvine (2018)
All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West” David Gessner (2016)
Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West” Heather Hansman (2019)
Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth” Craig Childs (2012)
Horizon Barry Lopez (2019)
The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World Alison Hawthorne Deming and Lauret E. Savoy (2011)
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube Blair Braverman (2016)
Deer Hunting in Paris: A Memior of God, Guns, and Game Meat Paula Young Lee (2013)
Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris (2018)
Savage Dreams: A Journey Into the Hidden Wars of the American West Rebecca Solnit (1994)
The Nature Fix Florence Williams (2017)
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Michael Finkel (2018)
Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century Jessica Bruder (2017)